What to Expect During Laser Eye Surgery

What to Expect During Laser Eye Surgery

When you’re undergoing any surgical procedure, it’s only natural to want to know more about it. Laser eye surgery is no different. 

As straightforward as this surgery is, the more information you have, the less stressed about the unknown you can likely be. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from laser eye surgery below. 

Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery

You are not expected to know what to do before surgery. Your eye surgeon will likely fill you in on how to prepare so that you can be in the best position possible for a convenient and comfortable surgical experience.

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The Importance Of Regular Check Ups With Your Dentist

The Importance Of Regular Check Ups With Your Dentist

Whilst many people will happily and willingly make regular appointments for medical check-ups with their doctor, nutritionist, or physiotherapist, for example, when it comes to making an appointment for a check-up at their dentist, they invariably find an excuse to avoid it.

There are many reasons for this phenomenon, such as a genuine fear of the dentist, or that they feel guilty that they have not been following effective dental care and know that their teeth and gums are not in the best condition. Whatever the reason, the problem with not having a regular check-up is that any issues that might have been resolved by your dentist easily and quickly, could now be far more serious.

Any fear one might have of the dentist, be it the noise of the drill, or the sensation of it as it cleans and polishes your teeth, will be of nothing to the length of time you might have to spend with your mouth open whilst you dentist tries to put right all the issues that have built up over time.

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The Truth About Whether Dental Implants Are Painful

There can be few people who will boast that they have never once been fearful of going to the dentist. Even if their very first memory as a child visiting the dentist was hearing their drill make that high-pitched whirring noise as they started polishing their teeth, everyone has surely taken pause for thought, and no doubt felt somewhat fearful of what was about to follow.

Sadly, for some, they carry that fear of dental treatment all the way through into adulthood, and to this day, break into a cold sweat at the very mention of a check-up at their dentist. For some, it will still be the noise of the drill, but for others it is pain which they fear most, and that applies whether it is their dentist causing that pain, or any other medical professional for that matter.

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7 Tips For Ensuring You Have A Safe And Trouble-Free Holiday In Bali

7 Tips For Ensuring You Have A Safe And Trouble-Free Holiday In Bali

Anyone who is travelling to another country for the first time will inevitably ponder whether it is a safe place to visit and also muse upon how they can ensure their trip is trouble-free. These questions are as valid for a trip to Bali as they are for any other country in the world. The simple fact is no matter what country you are travelling to there will be those who target tourists, but please bear in mind, the instances of tourists being the victim of crime are extremely rare.

As for Bali, if you read most testimonials and reviews from holidaymakers and those who visit, you will see plenty of comments about how safe they felt and how friendly and helpful the locals were, which we hope reassures you. In addition, there are several steps you can take to reduce any risks and to increase your preparedness for unfortunate eventualities.

We have listed 7 of them, but for more tips and tricks for your next trip to Bali, check out www.luxury-villas-bali.net‘s blog!

Have Your Vaccinations Prior To Travelling: With Bali having more than its fair share of rabies and typhoid cases, you should ensure you visit you doctor for the appropriate vaccinations before travelling there. You should also check out the latest health advice for travelling to Bali and discuss this with your doctor if you have any concerns, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

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Why Some Backlinking Tactics Can Harm Your Health Facility Website’s Rankings

Why Some Backlinking Tactics Can Harm Your Health Facility Website’s Rankings

The work of trying to rank websites, including those of health facilities, is something which many people regard as a game, where the objective is to outsmart Google in order to achieve better search engine rankings. What the SEO professionals at www.seoperthexperts.com.au would advise you is that by all means look upon SEO as a game, but you must play within the rules.

The reason they say that is Google is fully aware of the sorts of tactics used to try to cheat and gain rankings falsely. Further, Google can detect these and as such the websites in question soon get pushed down the rankings, or in the worst cases, removed from the search engines listing altogether.

One area of SEO that is especially popular with ranking cheats is backlinks. When done correctly these can be a powerful weapon in your ranking armoury, but if you try any of the underhand methods of creating a backlink profile, you are putting your entire online presence at risk.

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Can you lose weight with Apple Cider Vinegar?

Can you lose weight with Apple Cider Vinegar?

We all love the benefits apple cider vinegar (ACV) provides as a fantastic health tonic. However with loads of blogs and social media adverts about the miracle weight loss of ACV we wanted to know the facts! Is there proof that ACV can help to shift those kilos or is it too good to be true?

The most supportive research on backing the weight loss claims are studies on acetic acid which is the key component in all vinegars, not just ACV. A study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry showed that mice on a high fat diet who consumed acetic acid had 10% less body fat than the mice just on a high fat diet.

A further study from the Central Research Institute in Japan conducted a trial where 3 groups of people of similar body weights drank either an ounce of ACV, half an ounce of ACV, or given no ACV for 12 weeks. (NB 1 ounce is approx. 2 tablespoons of liquid). The 2 groups who consumed the vinegar were found to have less belly fat, lower BMI (body mass index) and body weight and lower triglycerides in comparison with the group who had no ACV.

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You Must Ensure Your Day Spa Does Not Make These Email Marketing Mistakes

You Must Ensure Your Day Spa Does Not Make These Email Marketing Mistakes

If you have been considering, or better still implementing, an online marketing campaign, it is highly likely that email marketing plays a role. If it does then digital marketing experts would caution that they see many companies make mistakes when they are email marketing, so we want to make sure you are aware of them, and thus avoid making them.

The first mistake that many businesses make with email marketing is that they think it is a green light to go ahead and simply blast sales message after sales message to their email subscribers. This is a huge error and akin to having a door-to-door salesperson knocking on your door every day asking if you want to buy their wares.

We imagine you would get fed up with that pretty quickly, and it is exactly how your email subscribers will feel if all your emails are blatant promotions. They will start resenting your emails and will either unsubscribe, or worse, they will unsubscribe after first marking your email as spam.

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Frozen Dinners

Are Frozen Dinners Healthy?

When you come home from a long day, preparing a meal from scratch can be the last thing you feel like doing. You know you should be eating well, but a frozen meal that takes a few minutes in a microwave and leaves you with a full stomach can seem far more desirable.

You may feel a little guilty about choosing a microwave meal, given that we’re taught that “fresh is best,” but are they really all that bad?

What kind of microwave meal can make all the difference, as you can ffiind out below.

High Fat, High Salt

Most people think that the frozen meals you heat in the microwave are full of fat and salt. In many cases, that’s true. Manufacturers pile in the additives and seasoning to ensure their food tastes decent after being frozen then heated quickly.

It’s worth thinking about what else makes food high in fat and salt. It’s your food choices. If you purchase a microwave meal that contains fried chicken, a dessert treat, processed sauces, and dressings, you won’t class that as the definition of eating healthy. But you wouldn’t if you made that from scratch either. Frozen dinners can be healthy, but only if you choose the right ingredients.

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Drug Addiction

How to Stay on the Wagon After a Drug Addiction

A drug rehab facility is a safe and supportive environment with like-minded people and a professional support network. Once you go through the withdrawal process and come out the other side, it can feel like you’re ready to tackle the world.

However, once you’re back in that world, you often realise there are triggers everywhere. Your old friends, old haunts, and past social situations can all lure you back into a drug addiction without you even realising it. However, you put so much effort into getting clean by going to drug rehab, so it’s essential to keep going. Here are some helpful tips for how to stay on the wagon once you leave the safe surroundings of a drug rehabilitation centre.

Create a Support System

It can be tempting to join the same social circle once you leave rehab, but the temptation to have a drink or get your drug of choice can be too much to handle. Once you’re out of rehab, it’s crucial to find a new support network of sober, supportive people who will help you on your road to recovery. Your drug rehab facility can also point you in the direction of support groups to assist you along the way.

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Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are frames or posts that your dentist surgically inserts beneath your gums and into your jawbone. The role of a dental implant is to provide an anchor for your replacement tooth or teeth.

Two of the most popular dental implant options include endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are placed into your jawbone and require a second surgery to connect the post to the implant once your gum tissue heals.

Subperiosteal implants, on the other hand, have a metal frame that goes into the jawbone below the gum tissue. As your gum heals, the structure fixes itself to the jawbone, and the posts protrude from your gums to attach onto artificial teeth.

Unlike dentures which move around and you can remove, dental implants are firmly in place. Once your dentist inserts the dental implants, there is plenty of support for artificial teeth, bridges, and dentures. They won’t move around in your mouth or impact your eating or speaking. In essence, they are a more natural option than dentures.

There are many reasons why people would choose to get dental implants over dentures and bridges. Sometimes, your mouth can be too irritated or uncomfortable with dentures, or sensitive gagging reflexes could cause problems also. Other times, the size of your gum ridges makes it impossible.

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Bad Breath

Why You Might Have Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis as your dentist may call it doesn’t have one single cause. Instead, it can be one of several things. If you’re starting to notice that your breath doesn’t have a particularly pleasant odour, then it’s time to narrow down the options and find out why. These possibilities below may be worth investigating


Think back to your diet and the foods you eat the most often. Do garlic and onion form a significant part of it? Any ingredients with strong odours will end up dancing around on your palate for some time, with mouthwash, brushing, and flossing, only masking it temporarily. You will have to wait until the food passes through your body until your bad breath stops being a problem. Alternatively, you can cut such food out of your diet.

Poor Oral Health Regime

When you go to the dentist, they know whether you have been flossing and brushing your teeth regularly. When you don’t, bacteria grows between your teeth, on your tongue, and in your gums. Food particles also stay in your mouth. This combination causes bad breath. If you’re a smoker, it’s bad for your oral health and your breath too. What’s more, bad breath can be a sign of early gum disease.

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Waist Training

Is Waist Training Permanent?

If you have begun to look at waist training as a permanent solution for changing your body’s shape, then today’s modern waist trainer will disappoint. Contrary to popular belief, waist trainers are not designed to provide that petite hourglass figure of the 1860s. Instead, they work to accentuate your curves, flatten your stomach, give back support, and help you to sweat during a workout.

Many people ask if waist training is permanent, and the answer is no. Waist trainers should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise to get the shape and weight loss you desire, but it’s not a permanent fix. As in, you can’t put it on, wear it for a few weeks, then keep the shape you gain forever.

When you stop wearing your waist trainer, your body works its way back into its regular shape – minus the pounds you shed during healthy eating and with exercise. For overweight people, waist training can be very beneficial but, once again, waist training isn’t permanent. It can improve the mobility and flexibility of someone with a larger frame, all the while supporting your core muscles. What’s more, as it’s tighter, you can eat less before feeling full, helping with weight loss when it’s necessary as well.

When you stop wearing your waist trainer, stop eating healthily, then stop exercising, you will not retain the shape you gained through this collective use of these methods.

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Straighten Your Hair

How to Straighten Your Hair Naturally

Straightening your hair is something that you either use electric straightening irons for or chemicals at the salon. However, with a movement toward less damaging natural hair care, more and more people are beginning to look for natural hair straightening methods that have less impact. Before you reach for any appliances or chemicals, why not straighten your hair naturally? Learn how to do it below.

Wet Brushing

If you wash your hair at night time, then you are bound to have plenty of time to try out natural hair care techniques. One of them is wet brushing. After you wash your hair, allow it to dry on its own as opposed to using a hairdryer. However, while it’s drying, brush it every five minutes, pulling it apart into sections so that it dries straight. While it may be faster and easier to use a wet-to-dry hair straightener, or with a hair dryer, it’s far better for your hair to try this more natural hair care regime.

Hair Rolling

This technique may be reminiscent of natural hair care methods from many years ago, but it’s clear to see it existed for a reason: it worked. Buy rollers that are around the same diameter as a beer or cola can, rolling your hair tightly up into them. Once they are entirely dry, with no moisture at all, let your hair out of them. If your hair is not entirely dry, then there will be a slight wave to your hair.

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Facial Surgery Scars

What Botox Does to Your Facial Surgery Scars

Botox, also known as Botulinum Toxin A (BTX-A), has long been used as a way in which to keep your youthful appearance. If you didn’t want wrinkles or sagging skin, you could opt for Botox injections and correct the problem immediately. You could then benefit from looking younger for up to four months before needing to get more Botox injections. It’s clear to see why Botox is so popular: it enables people to take a dip into the fountain of youth – at least temporarily.

However, for many people who have undergone facial reconstruction surgery, Botox injections also have another use: minimising facial scarring. According to a clinical trial with results published in the official medical journal by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox may help to create narrower and flatter surgical scars. Botox specialists in Malibu can tell you about it.

The study, titled ‘split scar’, involved 16 patients with an average age of 12. These patients underwent surgery for facial birth disfigurements such as birthmarks. During surgery, each patient received a Botox injection or placebo in one half of the scar immediately after the wound’s closure.

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Dangers of Cocaine

Knowing the Real Dangers of Cocaine

Illegal drugs can ruin a life in multiple ways. Imagine being addicted to a drug to the extent that you are willing to do anything to get more, even if it means breaking the law. Not to mention that it has a number of serious health risks that can ultimately lead to death. One of the most dangerous drugs is cocaine. About 19% of drug users take cocaine, making it the second most used drug next to marijuana. What makes things worse is that the number of cocaine users is increasing. As a result, governments are doing their best to fight drugs by creating stricter policies while there are more drug rehabs like Bali Health Services appearing as well to help addiction.

Getting to Know Cocaine

Cocaine is an illegal stimulant that speeds up the transmission of messages between the brain and different parts of the body. It heightens your senses in an abnormal way and makes you feel extremely energetic. It is a very powerful drug that can seriously damage your health and well-being. It comes from the leaves of coca bush, a plant native in South America. It is then extracted to produce three different kinds of cocaine, namely:

  1. Cocaine Hydrochloride

It is a white crystalline powder that has a bitter taste and numbing effect. This is commonly mixed with other substances like glucose and lactose.

  1. Freebase

This is a purer version of cocaine hydrochloride. It features a white chalky powder that is finer than other types.

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Ways to Get Fit

10 Fun Ways to Get Fit

We all know it is much healthier to be fit, but for couch potatoes or people who live a really busy life, getting fit is often the last thing they think of or want to do. By the time they get home from work and see to the children and housework, there is little time and energy left to even think about a work-out. However, if you think up ways to make exercising fun, it is far more likely that you’ll find those extra minutes in the day to do some.

Getting fit has major health benefits, helps us lose weight and feel good about ourselves. What more could you ask for? Here are some fun ways to get fit and all without going to the gym, which takes up even more time –

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Dental Care

Why Flossing Is An Essential Part Of Your Dental Care

Speak to an experienced dentist such as Candlewood Dental Centre and they will tell you that no matter how often and how rigorously you brush your teeth, unless you floss too, your dental care is incomplete. This might seem strange to hear as from an early age it was drummed into us how important it was to brush our teeth at least twice a day. Isn’t that enough?

The truth is, unfortunately it is not. Brushing your teeth does a great job of removing plaque and getting your teeth clean where your toothbrush can reach, but the size and shape of toothbrushes mean they can’t reach every part of your teeth and gums. This means that particles of food get missed and become a magnet for plaque and other bacteria.

Think of it this way. Imagine you were building a wall using the square building blocks that young children play with. Let say you build it eight blocks high, by four blocks wide so you would need 32 blocks altogether…exactly the number of teeth most adults have. If you then had the job of cleaning the wall with a brush, it would be easy to reach all the outer surfaces all the way up to the top surface.

The problem you would have is trying to reach the surfaces of all the blocks that are adjacent to each other. It would be almost impossible to clean these and that is the same problem your toothbrush has when you brush your teeth. It can’t reach, and therefore can’t clean, the surfaces where your teeth are closely sat next to each other and thus the plaque remains untouched.

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Fitness for Kids

How To Get Your Kids Fit And Loving It

These days there is a great deal to interest kids and absorb their attention; things that require them to exercise nothing but their thumbs. The result is an upswing in childhood obesity and even diabetes and other overweight related health problems. As a parent it is your responsibility to ensure your child has not only a good diet, but enough exercise to make them fit and healthy.

This is not as difficult as you may think. Here are some tips to get your kids loving exercise.

  • When kids are little, purchase play equipment such as trampolines and slides rather than swings where they just sit.
  • Teach them how to ride a bike and take them cycling every weekend.
  • If it’s not too far and you have time, walk them to school. Pick them up in the afternoon when they may be more tired.

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Beat the Gloomies

How to Beat the Gloomies

You can beat the gloomies by creating an outdoor space complete with lovely outdoor furniture. A table and some comfortable chairs will beckon the most reluctant person outside and encourage you to stay there for just a bit longer. If you like gardening, perhaps you could do some while you are outside and that would be one good way to get some much-needed exercise.

There are many reasons for people to suffer from depression. Sometimes there is the need for prescription medication, but not always. It is possible to beat some kinds of depression by changing your lifestyle. Spending time outside in the fresh air and sunshine can be a good antidote to some types of depression, especially SAD. But some SAD sufferers live in areas where there is no sunshine for weeks or months on end, which is why they suffer from this form of depression.

However, for people who just feel a bit gloomy or irritable, going outside for a while can be really helpful. It seems to be because of the change of pace and environment. You have more space when outside instead of being enclosed in a small space, often with many other people. Just being out in fresh air and sunshine makes you feel good. If you can participate in some kind of exercise it is even better.

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Fitness for People with Disabled

Fitness Ideas for People with a Disability

There are many ways a person with a disability can get fit, but what they can do depends on the level of disability and where it affects them. Here are some ideas to get fit for a wide variety of disability levels.

Swimming – people with only one limb can actually swim, as amazing as that seems, so swimming will suit many disabled people. It is an ideal way for them to get fit and train their bodies to make the best out of their remaining muscles. It also trains the heart and lungs to get fit.

Aqua-aerobics is also a good way to get fitter if swimming is not your thing. The water helps to support you and exercises can be done without putting too much pressure on painful areas.

Aerobics is another form of exercise that can contribute much to the cardiovascular system, help with weight loss and generally help to maintain fitness levels. It is important to make sure you breathe deeply during exercises as this helps to improve the capacity of your lungs.

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How to Choose the Right Fitness Training

There are many ways to achieve and maintain fitness, but not every way is suitable for every person. Younger people who are relatively fit to start with can get away with the more energetic kinds of group fitness training, such as Body Pump, Body Attack and other Les Mills inspired fitness training routines, but those who are very overweight or unfit should not jump in at the deep end. It is wiser to start off with something that is easier otherwise you’ll risk injury that could put you out of getting fit for months.

If you are young and healthy but not fit, start off slowly and gradually increase your regime whatever you choose. This is where the services of an experienced personal trainer can come in handy. They should be able to draw up a plan for getting you fit without any injuries.  They can keep an eye on you to ensure you do the exercises properly and make sure you don’t overdo it. They will also tell you when it is safe to increase your efforts to get even more fit.

Older people really do need to take up some form of exercise to keep in good shape, but if you have any health issues you should seek the okay from your doctor first.  People with arthritis should avoid any kind of exercise that will jar their joints including running or jogging. They are better off exercising with swimming, aqua aerobics, cycling or walking. They should exercise in a way that stretches their joints carefully to increase their range of movement.

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Eating for Optimum Nutrition

Our health is directly related to what we eat; the old saying, you are what you eat is true to a great degree. Many diseases are caused by poor eating habits and the obesity it often causes. Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and even some types of cancer can be caused be eating the wrong food or highly processed foods that lack nutrition.

Poor eating habits start from childhood and can be caused by parents not taking enough time to find out what is the right way to eat for health. And often when both parents have to work it is an easy choice to purchase fast foods or foods that come out of a packet. Even foods from the freezer section of the supermarket are not as healthy as natural foods, especially if they are processed and pre-cooked.

What are the healthiest foods?

Food that looks as close to nature as possible is the healthiest. Fresh fruit and vegetables that are steamed quickly and lightly without any additives such as salt or fats are good. Raw vegetables are also very healthy in most cases, although some are difficult to digest. However, they can be grated to make it a bit easier on the teeth and digestion.  Some vegetables should not be eaten raw. Potatoes may not be clean enough to eat raw and if they have any green flesh on them it should be avoided as it contains a poison when not cooked.

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Eating Disorders – 7 Tips to Help Families and Carers Cope

  1. When a person develops an eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia it should not be taken lightly. This is a psychiatric disease that can cause early death either through illness or from suicide.  If you suspect your child has this condition it is essential to get treatment for them as soon as possible. This is highly likely to be both medical and psychiatric in nature.

Recovery is a very long and slow process and so family and friends must all know how to cope, both with the sufferer and the stress of the situation. Here are some tips to help.

  • An eating disorder often affects the sufferer’s sense of identity. You need to remember – and help them to remember – that the disease is not who they are. It is essential to point out to them often that they are more than their disease. This helps to increase their sense of self worth.
  • Encourage the sufferer to tell you how they are feeling on a regular basis. It is important to communicate openly with them about their illness and their feelings. It is also essential not to be judgemental or negative in any way. Be positive with them all the time and tell them you are sure they will soon be well, even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Learn about the eating disorder that your loved one has so you can better understand what they are going through and how they feel. It will also help you understand what is happening to them. Knowing about the disease is the key to understanding.

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A Case of Kidnap (or Addiction)

Growing up I vividly remember a serious kidnapping that occurred in my home state, whereby a fourteen yr. old girl was stolen from her bedroom in the dead of night and held captive for over nine months before being rescued. The details surrounding her disappearance were very unclear at the time and some questions remain unanswered to this day. Did she run away with this man, did she resist capture, how was the man able to sneak her away into the night with her whole family present?

In fact, the youngest sister had witnessed a man come in and take her but she hid in fear for hours before telling their parents, who in turn simply sent the little girl back to bed believing she had had a bad dream. It was later that night when they realized their own nightmare had come to life and in the morning her disappearance was announced on the news and a state-wide search began.

I took part in those first weeks of searching. My friends and I would get together and hike though the vast expanses of wilderness that surrounds the area. We had never met this young girl but we wanted to help somehow and being young and able we could cover a lot of ground in a day. We tired ourselves to the bone as we roamed the steep mountains and valleys, wading through large groves of dense trees, straining our eyes as we scanned the landscape for any clue, anything that might lead us to her, anything that might help her be found.

Whatever imaginations I had of saving her at that time totally evaporated after the first week. We had searched miles and miles of terrain and there were hundreds of miles left, we had gone far but couldn’t go far enough. The horizon continued to stretch far away at the end of each day, each day she was suffering greatly, and each day her salvation felt further out of reach.

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How to Self-Care After Liposuction

Liposuction surgery is a procedure that needs care afterwards, but the amount of care needed is dependent upon how far-reaching the procedure was. If only a tiny fat bump was treated you’ll find that there is not much pain or swelling and the area will heal quickly. If you’ve had a large area treated the care needed will be far more comprehensive.

If the doctor is going to remove a great deal of fat, a lot of fluid and blood may be lost at the same time. To treat this, the doctor may request that you donate blood so that he or she can use it to replace what was lost. You may also need to be on a drip to restore fluids.  This will all be done before you are allowed to leave the clinic.

Expect to experience things such as numbness, bruising and swelling right after the operation. It is important to get up and walk around as soon as the doctor okays this, as it will prevent other possible problems such as blood clots that can happen after any kind of surgery.  The doctor may have inserted a small drainage tube to prevent the build-up of fluid in the area. He or she will advise you on where and when to remove it. You may have to return to the clinic to have it done.

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5 Addiction Recovery Approaches that Just Don’t Work

It is clear that there are many different paths to addiction recovery but some approaches are less likely to work than others. The motivation to escape substance abuse is a precious commodity, and it would be a real shame if you wasted this determination on a path not capable of taking you to where you want to go. Here are approaches to addiction recovery we suggest you avoid.

Going it Alone

It is true that some people manage to break free of a substance abuse problem without much help from a drug rehab, but this approach does not work for everyone. If you have already tried to stop on your own, and it hasn’t worked, the chances are it won’t work in the future either – usually, if you keep on doing the same things, you will keep getting the same results.

The White Knuckle Approach

The white knuckle approach is where you stay away from alcohol or drugs using willpower alone. This can be similar to going on a crash diet – you may feel highly motivated in the beginning, but using willpower requires energy, and the likelihood is that eventually you will run out of steam. Staying sober using the white knuckle approach usually means treating recovery like you are serving a prison sentence – it’s just not much fun.

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Should I Put Pressure on a Loved One to Get Addiction Treatment?

It is incredibly difficult to stand by and watch somebody you love destroy his/her life with alcohol or drugs. It is easy to succumb to hopelessness in this situation – especially if this person has made multiple attempts to quit but failed. One of the most common questions people have in this situation is whether or not they should put pressure on their loved one to get addiction treatment. This is a tricky question to answer because it depends on the situation.

Is Putting Pressure on Somebody to Go to Rehab a Waste of Time?

You have probably heard the claim that a person needs to be ‘ready’ for addiction treatment in order for it to work. This idea makes a lot of sense, but it is not necessarily true in all cases. There are plenty of examples of people who felt pressurised into going to drug rehab, yet they still ended up achieving permanent sobriety. Of course, there are also people who felt pushed into going to rehab who remained resistant and didn’t benefit much from the experience.

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5 Signs You Need to Go to Drug Rehab

Even after we have accepted that alcohol or drugs is damaging our lives, we can still be uncertain about how we should deal with the situation. Going to drug rehab might not be something we want to do unless we are sure it is necessary. Here are 5 of the signs that suggest you might be ready for this type of help:

1. You Are Struggling to Quit On Your Own

If you have already tried to quit on your own and failed, it would make sense that you try a different approach this time. A rehab can give you all the support and resources you need to turn recovery into a reality. If you were diagnosed with diabetes, wouldn’t you want the best treatments available? Why should addiction problems be any different?

2. You Suffer Withdrawal Symptoms When You Stop Drinking/Using

Withdrawals are a sign of physical addiction, and they being once you attempt to stop the substance or significantly reduce your intake. These symptoms can not only be potentially dangerous, but they can also be a huge drain on your motivation – you are most likely to relapse during this stage. By going to a rehab, you can be kept safe during the withdrawal period and also supported and encouraged. Read more: Women & Alcohol

3. You Can’t Imagine How You Will Cope Without Alcohol or Drugs

The hardest thing about escaping drug addiction isn’t stopping but staying stopped. You may not have much recent experience of dealing with life sober, so you may be worried about how you are going to cope. The goal of rehab is to provide you with all the tools you need to build a great life in recovery.

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How Urge Surfing Can Help you Manage Addiction Cravings

One of the things you are likely going to have to deal with in early recovery is addiction cravings. These urges to drink or use drugs again can seem to appear out of nowhere (although they will always be triggered by something), and they can happen at the most inconvenient time. A traditional approach to dealing with drug or alcohol cravings is distraction, but this can reinforce the idea that urges are something you need to be afraid of. A more effective approach might be to use the mindfulness tool of urge surfing.

What is Urge Surfing?

“…an urge is like an ocean wave that grows bigger and bigger as it approaches the shore. As it grows, there’s the desire to just give in, but if you do, you’ll reinforce the power of the addiction. Instead, you can ride the “wave” by using the breath as a kind of surfboard.” – Alan Marlatt

Urge surfing is a technique devised by Alan Marlatt who was a professor of psychology at the University of Washington. It is a way of applying mindfulness as a way for dealing with cravings rather than turning to distraction. These urges rarely last more than 20 minutes, so if the person can just sit with this thought, it will eventually disappear.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Rehab Aftercare

Even if you highly motivated during your stay in rehab, you can still end up failing in your attempt at sobriety if you have insufficient aftercare. The transition from the protected environment of this type of facility to the real world can be bumpy unless you are prepared for it. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid with aftercare planning so your move home goes smoothly.

1. Planning Your Aftercare at the Last Minute

There is not much point in just learning to be sober in drug rehab because you will soon be back in the real world. This is why everything you do needs to be preparing you for when you go home. Aftercare planning needs to begin from day one because if you leave it too late, you won’t be ready for the transition.

2. Creating an Aftercare Plan that is Unbalanced

A good aftercare plan is going to cover the different aspects of your life including physical health, mental wellness, and spiritual needs. If you focus too much on one area, it may mean your sobriety is unbalanced and therefore not as strong as it could be.

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How to Stay Sober Over the Christmas Period

If this is your first Christmas sober, you may be approaching the holiday season with a touch of trepidation. This is a time of year when getting drunk becomes far more acceptable, and even social drinkers will tend to go a bit overboard. How will deal with this increased pressure to drink? Will you spend the holiday feeling like you are missing out? How can you enjoy Christmas without alcohol to put you in the right mood?

Here are a few tips to help you stay sober over the Christmas period:

Even if you are not a big fan of the recovery meetings, it is worth making an effort to go at this time of year. It means you will be around lots of other people who are having a sober Christmas, and you will gain strength from their support and experience. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous also usually have parties at this time of year, so you can get to let your hair down in a safe environment.

If you are still in early recovery, it is best to avoid high-risk situations as much as possible, but this can be hard to do over the holiday season. There may be some type of work function that you are obliged to attend. In this type of situation, it is best to make a brief appearance and leave before people get too intoxicated. It can also be helpful to bring along a sober friend for support – just make sure this person has solid sobriety or you could be both putting your recovery at risk.

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Addiction Rehab with Borderline Personality Disorder

If you have been diagnosed with a borderline personality, there is a high likelihood that you also engage in substance abuse. This self-medication will be an attempt to ease your inner-discomfort and sense of isolation. The problem is that falling into addiction is like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. It is vital that you overcome your substance abuse problem, so you can manage your borderline personality symptoms.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is a relatively new diagnosis (although there is growing support for renaming it ‘emotion regulation disorder’). It is not that this condition has suddenly appeared out of nowhere but that people with these symptoms used to end up with diagnoses such as emotionally unstable, pseudo-schizophrenic, or pseudo-neurotic. The word ‘borderline’ refers to the fact that the symptoms share similarities to other mental health conditions.

People who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder have problems regulating their emotions and dealing with interpersonal relationships. Common symptoms would include:

  • A history of acting impulsively and making bad decisions
  • Difficulty sustaining long-term relationships ( a pattern of best friends becoming ex-friends)
  • Highly insecure in romantic relationships
  • A history of self-harm
  • A history of substance abuse
  • Poor emotion control
  • Negative self-image
  • Fear of abandonment

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5 Compelling Reasons to Choose Rehab in the New Year

The New Year is all about saying goodbye to the old and welcoming in the new. This is a time of year when people traditionally feel more enthusiastic about change, and this is expressed in the form of resolutions. Going to rehab can be the most life-changing decision you ever make, and here are 5 compelling reasons for why you should consider it in the New Year:

1. You Have Already Lost Enough Time to Addiction

Some days are better than others when you are caught up in drug addiction, but it is not going to be possible to create sustainable positive change in your life so long as you are controlled by intoxicants. Every day you continue to devote to this behaviour is a day lost, and life is too short to be wasting time like this.

2. It Can Mean Your Last Ruined Christmas

Maybe you tried hard to control your drinking or drug use over the holiday season, but the likelihood is you ended up doing things you regretted due to intoxicated. Maybe you didn’t directly upset a love one, but the fact that you were preoccupied with your drug will have been sensed. By getting sober now, you won’t have to worry about ruining another Christmas.

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How Writing Therapy Can Help You Stay Free of Drug Addiction

Writing therapy can be most effective when it is done under the direction of a therapist, but it is a good practice for anyone recovering from substance abuse. You don’t need to worry about grammar or spelling with engaging in this activity, and it is not about judging your abilities as a writer. Here are just some of the ways writing therapy can help you stay free of drug addiction.

Writing is an Opportunity to Vent

If you are getting stressed about a situation, writing can be a great way to let of some steam. You may be almost shaking with anger when you first grab your pen, but you are likely to feel much better by the time you finish writing. Just put down all your thoughts about the situation on paper without any attempts to edit, and it can be like releasing the valve on a pressure cooker.

Writing Can Lead to Insights

Writing things done can easily lead to insights because it means you get to see things in a new way. If you have a problem, just start putting some of your thoughts down on paper – for example, if you have to make an important choice, you can make a list of pros and cons of each direction you can take. Keeping a daily diary can also mean you stumble upon insights into your life that you would otherwise have missed.

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5 Reasons Yoga Can Make Sober Living Easier

If you have never tried yoga previously, you might be put off by the idea that it is just too exotic or difficult. This can actually be a wonderfully beneficial practice for people in recovery, and a beginner’s yoga class isn’t going to be too strenuous. Here are 5 reasons for why yoga could make living sober easier:

1. It is an Effective Tool for Managing Stress

Up until becoming sober, your main tool for managing stress would have been alcohol or drugs. If you don’t find an effective replacement for this coping strategy, you are going to be at high risk of relapse. Yoga has been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol (Source: NCBI), so it is a proven technique for stress reduction.

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Mindfulness is an Effective Tool for Combating Anxiety

The words ‘try not to worry’ are probably the least helpful thing people can say to those of us who have anxiety issues. The reality is our minds just automatically latch on to things to obsess about, and it can feel like there is no real choice involved. This is why mindfulness is such a wonderful practice – it is not about trying to stop these thoughts but learning how to manage them.

What is Mindfulness?

Most magazine and web articles about mindfulness will come with a picture of somebody sitting in the lotus position with a serene smile on their face – they will usually be on beautiful tropical beach somewhere. This depiction of the practice can lead to all types of misunderstandings about what it actually involves.

Mindfulness is a perfectly natural way to be – it is the way you experience the world as a young child. It just means that you are fully focused on the present moment without judgement. If of thoughts of the past and future start to arise, you just acknowledge this and bring your attention back to the present moment.

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Benefits of Dentures

The Benefits of Getting Dentures

When you have some or a lot of missing teeth, most dentists will advise you that dentures are usually the answer as they cost much less – at least initially, than procedures such as dental implants. Most people get them so they can chew their food,  or for aesthetic reasons as a dark gap in the line of teeth looks unsightly. However, there are other benefits that most people don’t even think about.

  • They help to maintain the shape of your lower face. Without them your cheeks sink in and give a gaunt look to your face.
  • They reduce pressure on your remaining teeth – and the crowns or fillings that may be on those teeth.
  • Having dentures reduces the likelihood of having problems with your jaw.
  • They also prevent the teeth that are left from moving and changing your bite, which can cause pain as it puts pressure on places that are not meant to withstand it.
  • When there is a gap between teeth, those that are next to the gap tend to move into it to try and fill it up. This makes them crooked and more liable to decay, since they are then more difficult to keep clean.
  • You can speak more clearly when you have a mouthful of teeth.
  • Last but not least, you can chew food better when you have all the teeth in place. This can help your digestion and so, your health.

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How IPL Laser Hair Removal can Improve Your Life

These days’ hair-free bodies get the tick of approval from society in general. While women have shaved their underarm and bikini lines for years, they now tend to want to have other areas hair free as well, including their arms and legs. Men are joining the queue to have hair removal treatment too. Many choose IPL hair removal treatment for convenience.

When a person has a lot of hair over their body they will usually feel embarrassed. Hair is not acceptable these days and everyone wants to feel accepted. Having hair removal treatment makes you feel more accepted and in fact it will have that affect, especially if you spend a lot of time on the beach or at the pool.

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